A Christmas Celebration in Bhaktapur Nepal 2017

A mini movie and this time a Ry masterpiece 🤗 capturing the frivolity of last night’s amazing event here at the Hotel de Courtyard. The party was held in wonderful space between the Coffee In Style coffee shop and was a collaborative venture of those two businesses plus a few more. Two kitchens at least were used. 
Over 50 people were expected but it looked to me like the crowd swelled to quite a bit more than that and was an international group. Many locals but I also met guests from Denmark, China and Tibet. The food came out in courses, much like they do in Europe with time in between to savor. The big Tom turkeys were quite unusual for here and a special treat. 

The program was stellar with a beautifully done multifold full color print piece handout offering cultural insights. The many acts displayed fantastic costumes and had the support of festive lighting and a powerful sound system. Great job team! 


Ry and I had extra fun packing a few goodies in my bag to hand out. I’d guide their hand inside and help them pull out a surprise. When those had all been exhausted I resorted to sharing pieces of some garland I bought which really tickled the kids and got them gaily dancing about and waving. 
We had a super time. Hope you’ll take a moment to experience the film. Ryan really captures the night and our part in it. Feel free to share 

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A White Christmas in Whitefish Montana

About a month ago, the winds of adventure blew us to the beautiful Montana Flathead Valley where we are overwintering as house and cat sitters (for Ryan’s mom- she’s in Hawaii! …another story).  The Big Boy (our camper home) lives in the driveway and days are spent enjoying life’s flow.

Ryan has taken a job as a lift attendant at the nearby Whitefish Mountain resort and Christmas day was his first official day.

It was a dark and long drive through the valley.  We arrived just before sunup to drop him off and while kids everywhere delighted in opening their gifts, I was delighting in nature’s glory.  As garlands sparkled in twinkle lights so did the fresh snow glisten and glow as the morning arrived.

It’s a seven mile winding descent that affords amazing vistas down on the village of Whitefish and across the Flathead Valley.  To be above the cloud like mists tucked among the farms and checkerboard downtown with its little dots of light gives the sense of a magical enchantment, as though a toy train’s village had been brought to life.  Deer stroll about with a calm as still as the carpeted snow.  The woods are dotted with alpine style chalets picture perfect with their white trim and traditional Christmas decking.


Ryan all decked out in his official Whitefish mountain jacket, vest and beanie. Day one of actual duty at the lifts landed on Christmas Day! The mountain was rocking with lots of fresh snow and a fresh stream of excited skiers. He enjoyed it.


Whitefish Montana Amtrak train station

My first white Christmas in decades could not have been more beautiful. PUW_6696PUW_6704PUW_6707PUW_6713PUW_6714PUW_6716PUW_6724PUW_6726PUW_6728